Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Finally stopping that crazy suffering that is ice, climbing to concentrate on great ski tours!, .
Interest: Anything that can drag me to the mountains. Backpacking is #1, followed by climbing, dayhiking and camping with family.
I lived on Baffin Island from 1970 to 1977, in Inuvik from 1977 to 1981 and Whitehorse from 1981 to 1984. I have also done short stints in most every northern community. Whitehorse is the best place to live north of 60 without a doubt. The bugs are not as bad as many places, you can drive out and about, and the opportunities for being outsoors are unlimitied. You are close to Kluane, The Chilkoot, and closer to Denali than anyone but Alaskans. We returned last summer and found the highway greatly improved.
Were their opportunites for my wife and I to earn our living there, we would return to Whitehorse. It's a great place to raise kids, and the outdoor opportunities make it highly desirable.
The economic system is comprised of the Territorial government, and that's about it. Transfer payments create gov't jobs, and they buy stuff, meaning economic activity. Also, Alaskans come shopping on "royalty cheque day." Tourism should be a significant provider, but is not. People are "headed for Alaska" and don't leave moolah in Whitehorse.
If you find work there, give it a try.